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    Need some help w/identification

    Hi there someone threw her out at my scrap yard and need some help with what she is TIA
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    That is a Singer 401 (or 401A). One of the best Singers made in the 50's. Does a lot of decorative stitches and can use top hat cams to do more. If you can get it cleaned up and working you will love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffygirl View Post
    That is a Singer 401 (or 401A). One of the best Singers made in the 50's. Does a lot of decorative stitches and can use top hat cams to do more. If you can get it cleaned up and working you will love it.

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    Oh thank you
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    Isn't this board great? Somebody knows something about everything! Great going Gals!

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    Wow!! Lucky for you they didn't know what they were "giving" to you!!!
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    Holy cow, someone threw it out!!!! That machine is worth good money. People are nuts!

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    I have 2 of these, and they both suddenly jammed (needles down, can't move them). This was right after they had been in for servicing at what is supposed to be a reputable, knowledgeable dealer. I know it's something simple, just out of alignment - any hints where to go for solutions? I have a very mechanically inclined husband who will give a look when time is not so busy, but I just need to know where to look. Workhorse of a machine, and a steady stitcher. I have had one of these machines for 37 years, and the other was my mother's, so it has been in my family at least 40 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GEMRM View Post
    I have 2 of these, and they both suddenly jammed (needles down, can't move them). This was right after they had been in for servicing at what is supposed to be a reputable, knowledgeable dealer. I know it's something simple, just out of alignment - any hints where to go for solutions? I have a very mechanically inclined husband who will give a look when time is not so busy, but I just need to know where to look. Workhorse of a machine, and a steady stitcher. I have had one of these machines for 37 years, and the other was my mother's, so it has been in my family at least 40 years.
    There was a topic started yesterday I believe that has links to the manual and repair manual- do a search for 401
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    Deb are you anywhere near Austin? Northwest Sewing Center on Burnet Rd. is a Singer dealer, and the owner, Mr. Schilling knows all of these models and works on them.

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    You might check for a small thread in the bobbin area. Might be a very small piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GEMRM View Post
    I have 2 of these, and they both suddenly jammed (needles down, can't move them). This was right after they had been in for servicing at what is supposed to be a reputable, knowledgeable dealer. I know it's something simple, just out of alignment - any hints where to go for solutions? I have a very mechanically inclined husband who will give a look when time is not so busy, but I just need to know where to look. Workhorse of a machine, and a steady stitcher. I have had one of these machines for 37 years, and the other was my mother's, so it has been in my family at least 40 years.
    One thing to check-if they took out the bobbin case to clean them, they may not have gotten them back in correctly. The manual shows on page 87, I think, how to remove the bobbin case. If the holder (the bracket you move to the right) is not put back correctly the bobbin case can move out of postion and jam the machine (I have had this happen). Worth a try to check it. Good luck.

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    Yeah I am really close to Austin I will have to take her down there. I think i know right where it is Thanks

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    some service places use 3 in 1 oil
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    Quote Originally Posted by GEMRM View Post
    I have 2 of these, and they both suddenly jammed (needles down, can't move them). This was right after they had been in for servicing at what is supposed to be a reputable, knowledgeable dealer. I know it's something simple, just out of alignment - any hints where to go for solutions? I have a very mechanically inclined husband who will give a look when time is not so busy, but I just need to know where to look. Workhorse of a machine, and a steady stitcher. I have had one of these machines for 37 years, and the other was my mother's, so it has been in my family at least 40 years.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...-t70011-2.html on the second page there are pics and info on 3 in 1 oil dried up on a machine - some people still use that stuff - it is not good
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Yes, you have a Singer 401...I have one and love it. I can't believe someone threw it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    There was a topic started yesterday I believe that has links to the manual and repair manual- do a search for 401
    Thanks, I will check it out,
    GEMRM

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